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Old 05-12-2012, 02:04 PM   #1456
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Yamaha super tenere, dealer got me to test ride one, now I'm pissed at him! All I want is one!

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:20 AM   #1457
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if I lived in a perfect world, I would be saying the 660 tenere

however, I live in the U.S.... My EX500 should be selling tomorrow - debating getting the new CBR250R for an economical commuter and then throwing money at my truck (4x4 Tacoma) or else looking for a used SV650/1000. My sensible side is stuck on the 250 but I cant get my heart away from my love of V-Twin sportbikes.

decisions, decisions....
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:22 AM   #1458
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spoilt for choice

Yesterday it was a Drz400, today I've moved onto a Moto Guzzi V7(booked a test ride for saturday). Next week I'll be back to Triumph where my heart belongs.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:27 AM   #1459
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if I lived in a perfect world, I would be saying the 660 tenere

however, I live in the U.S.... My EX500 should be selling tomorrow - debating getting the new CBR250R for an economical commuter and then throwing money at my truck (4x4 Tacoma) or else looking for a used SV650/1000. My sensible side is stuck on the 250 but I cant get my heart away from my love of V-Twin sportbikes.

decisions, decisions....
Then follow your heart, get an SV650. You'll likely get 50-55 MPG with it. The CBR250R will only get 70 MPG if you ride it easy. That is hard to do. The CBR250R is a fun bike that likes to be ridden hard. You'll may only get 60 MPG on it if you ride it hard, maybe even less (I have a 1990 VTR250 that I average 55 MPG on, despite others getting 65 MPG).

Even comparing 50 MPG to 70 MPG, while that sounds like a huge difference, look at it in terms of consumption. Say you get 20 MPG (probably less) with your Tacoma. That is 5 gallons ($20) of fuel every 100 miles. 50 MPG on an SV650 would be 2 gallons ($8) every 100, and 70 MPG on the CBR250R would be 1.42 gal/100 mi ($5.68).

So, going from the truck to the SV650 saves you 3 gallons (or about $12) every 100 miles. Going from the SV650 to the CBR250R saves you .58 gallons (or about $2.32). Obviously, this savings is only fuel cost, other things like tires and maintenance need to be figured in as well.

So, aside from the fact that riding any motorcycle is way more fun than driving a truck, riding even the lessor efficient of the bikes you list will save a lot of fuel. Going from that to the more efficient bike will save only a little more.

Now, I like small & light bikes, and have a complete blast riding my VTR250 (which is a 90 degree V-twin sport bike, BTW), but if I could only have one, I'd choose the SV650 over the CBR250R, and both are on my list of bikes I'd like to own.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:29 AM   #1460
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:51 AM   #1461
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Good looking V-twin, what is it?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:16 AM   #1462
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Good looking V-twin, what is it?
Looks like a yamaha BT1100 bulldog
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:18 AM   #1463
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Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog.
Wish they would sell it here.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:31 AM   #1464
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Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog.
Wish they would sell it here.
So, is that a V-twin, or the V4 from the Vmax?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:53 AM   #1465
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So, is that a V-twin, or the V4 from the Vmax?
V-twin. 1100 cc
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/yam...lldog_2006.php
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:24 AM   #1466
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So, is that a V-twin, or the V4 from the Vmax?
It's the engine from the cruiser Dragstar 1100 (v-star there?)
60hp or so, in a proper chassis.


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Old 05-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #1467
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Is it within the scope of this thread to say, "The one I bought yesterday"?

I did post about it a while back, and finally succumbed to my passion yesterday.

Headed to its new home:



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Old 05-14-2012, 07:01 AM   #1468
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For me it has to be a 91-95 BMW R1000GS and a GS/PD would be even better. It will be my go anywhere bike, still reliable enough to do miles on the pavement, and do backwood roads when it has to. No ABS, or other electronic BS to worry about. But that is just my opinion
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #1469
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nice but personally I think the rear fender looks a little incomplete
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